BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra has been admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon after he showed symptoms of COVID-19. He is admitted to Medanta in Gurgaon, sources in the hospital said this morning. The BJP leader is showing symptoms of COVID-19, a source said.
Patra is one of the most visible BJP faces on television news channels. He is also very active on social media and posted several tweets on Thursday as well.
Patra had tweeted birthday wishes to Suhel Seth only two hours before he was hospitalised with COVID-19 like symptoms. He is also very active on social media and posted several tweets today as well.
Patra is a surgeon by profession and national spokesperson of the BJP. He frequents television debates where he vociferously defends the party.
Patra had tweeted birthday wishes to Suhel Seth only two hours before he was hospitalised with COVID-19 like symptoms.
If confirmed to have COVID-19, Patra would be the second major spokesperson of a national party to get infected by the virus. Last week, INC spokesperson Sanjay Jha had said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-quarantining. Both Patra and Jha have engaged in verbal duels on TV news debates.
Earlier this week, former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who is also a minister from the INC in the Uddhav Thackeray government, tested positive for COVID-19.
Patra is one of the official spokespersons of the BJP. Patra is a former Medical officer at Hindu Rao Hospital. He was one of the non-official directors on the board of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) since 28 October 2017.
In 2012, Patra unsuccessfully fought a municipal election as the BJP’s candidate from Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate and at the same time resigned from his job to pursue politics full-time. Much before the election, in the year 2010, he was appointed as the spokesperson for Delhi unit of BJP.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, Patra campaigned for the BJP and gained visibility on national television. When the BJP came to power, Patra became its national spokesperson. In 2017, ACC appointed him as a non-official director of ONGC.
Patra contested the Puri Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 Indian general election, and lost to sitting Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member Pinaki Misra by 11,700 votes.